Study in Ireland!
AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. With more than 50 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.
LocationDuring the summer AIFS offers a 3 week summer program in conjunction with the University of Limerick where students can select a course from the following focus areas: Irish Studies, Responsible Business, Health Care, and Sports Science. Included in the program fee are several excursions.
- Summer Semester: Late May to Mid June
AIFS students live in 8-bedroom townhouses, a 10-15 minute walk from the classrooms and library, with views of the River Shannon and surrounding area. Housing is mixed male and female. You will have a single en-suite room with its own key, and you will share a fully-equipped kitchen and living room. Each townhouse has cable T.V., access to high-speed internet and a phone which can be used with a prepaid card. In addition, the student village has its own laundromat, a village manager and regular security patrols at night.
The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that AIFS sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
Program CostsStudents participating on AIFS programs will be billed through Appalachian the AIFS program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the AIFS costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
|1AIFS Program Fee||See AIFS|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
|AIFS Application Fee||$95|
|AIFS Confirmation Deposit||$300|
|Airfare||$1400 - $2000|
|Refundable Housing Deposit||$250|
|Meals||$150 - $300|
|1Personal Expenses||$300 - $600|
|Books and Materials||$50|
|Local Transportation||$50 - $150|
|4Personal Travel and Spending||$100 - $300|
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
AIFS offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $200 to $5000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Students on the AIFS Limerick summer program will take one 3 credit course during the 3 week session. Students are able to choose their course from several concentrations: Irish Studies, Responsible Business, Health Care, and Sports Science.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the AIFS Limerick website.
Students participating on the Limerick program will take 3 credits. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an AIFS program should complete the AIFS application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.